The fire for Grand Rapids Griffins, Nate Danielson’s debut, & updated playlist

Where’s the fire of the Grand Rapids Griffins? Plus, quick hits of games 2 and 3 (including Nate Danielson’s AHL debut), as well as reviewing the updated unofficial Grand Rapids Griffins playlist.
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Nate Danielson's debut didn't go as plan (no fault to him)

It was not a great introduction to the Grand Rapids Griffins in either game for Danielson as the Grand Rapids Griffins didn't put their best foot forward. 

Danielson took a morning skate with the team, but didn’t practice with them ahead of game 2 of the series. It was a big ask of a young player. To center the third line with his wingers consisting of Elmer Söderblom and Taro Hirose, he had some help but the center’s position is a tough spot. His linemates in game 2 of the series were (and still are) trying to find their scoring touch this postseason.

Here are a few highlights of Danielson’s performance:

Danielson didn’t look out of place, all things considered, and I suspect he will improve dramatically with more practice time. I’d still love to see Danielson with a guy like Amadeus Lombardi, but Hirose and Söderblom are great in their own rights.

Game 2 saw Hirose swapped out for veteran forward Matt Luff. A shift or two saw Jonatan Berggren and Carter Mazur, which was a fun sight. When things aren’t clicking on the scoreboard, it’s always refreshing to see some line juggling. (Special teams likely played a role in this choice as well.)